The Australian Life Saving Team has named a youthful 10-athlete ‘pathways squad’ ahead of their Sanyo Bussan Cup title defence at Momoshi Beach in Japan.
The pathways team provides the strongest Australian surf sports athletes with international experience to help progress and develop their surf sports careers.
The team will feature four returning members from 2016 Sanyo Bussan Cup including last year’s Surf Race winner Daniel Collins (Redhead), and Nutri-Grain IronWoman Finals Series eight place finisher Naomi Scott (Manly).
Nutri-Grain IronWoman Finals Series fourth place finisher Maddy Dunn (Northcliffe) will her open age debut for the Australian Side, after picking up two team gold medals at the 2017 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
Nikolas Green (Northcliffe) also returns to the squad after winning the Ski Race and Ironman on day one of last year’s competition.
On the beach, star sprinter Jackson Symonds (Sorrento WA) re-joins the team after finishing first in the Open Male Beach Sprint at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, alongside Elizabeth Forsyth who finished third in Beach Flags and first in the Open Female Beach Relay.
Australian Life Saving Team Sanyo Bussan Cup head coach Craig Holden said he is confident in the youth movement.
“We realise the competition is going to be tough this year, especially competing against the World Champion New Zealand team, as well as South Africa and Japan,” he said.
“Despite our relatively young team, we have a team full of competitors with international experience, and big things are expected for our new-comers.
Holden said the team will be challenged by the climate and flat conditions.
“The flat conditions will not necessarily suit our competitors, so tactics will be crucial” he said.
“The heat and humidity in Japan may also be a concern, and our team will have to adapt to these conditions.”
The Australian Life Saving Team will depart for Japan on Wednesday 21 June, with competition running from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 25 June.
Sanyo Bussan Cup 2017 – Australian Life Saving Team
|First Name||Last Name||SLS Club||RLSSA Club|
*Bolded name denotes first Sanyo Bussan Cup appearance.
Team Coaches & Management:
- Coach – Craig Holden
- Assistant Coach – Sam Dick